Kentucky took a 19-8 lead early in the first half after Vanderbilt went scoreless for several minutes. The Commodores were able to battle back and cut the lead to 32-23 by half time.
Vanderbilt out rebounded Kentucky, 35-33 and won the second half points wise, 36-35, but it wouldn't be enough to overcome UKs blitz from the foul line.
Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Matt Freije and Chuck Moore, each with 17. Other than those two, there was very little scoring by the remaining Commodores. David Przybyszewski chipped in 8 and Brian Thornton 7 for the Dores.
Vanderbilt has now lost to Kentucky an unimaginable 18 straight times. The Commodores have not won a basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington since 1974 (82-65).
Vanderbilt falls to 14-10 overall and 4-7 in the SEC. Kentucky improves to 17-6 overall and 7-4 in the SEC. Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina Saturday in a must win situation.
AP GAME PHOTOS
Kentucky forward Tayshaun Prince (21) scores inside against Vanderbilt, Wednesday night, Feb. 13, 2002, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. At right is Vanderbilt's Matt Freije. Prince scored 20 points to lead Kentucky to a 67-59 victory. (AP Photo/Garry L. Jones)
Kentucky coach Tubby Smith reacts to a technical foul assessed against the Kentucky bench late in the first half Wednesday night, Feb. 13, 2002, during Kentucky's 67-59 win over Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry L. Jones)
Kentucky forward Jules Camara (40) scores inside against Vanderbilt's David Przybyszewski (13) during the first half Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. (AP Photo / Garry L. Jones)
Kentucky guard Keith Bogans (10) goes inside against Vanderbilt's Jason Holwerda in the first half, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Garry L. Jones)
Vanderbilt's Matt Freije (35) tries to shoot over Kentucky's Tayshaun Prince (21) during first-half action Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Watching the action is Kentucky's Keith Bogans (10). (AP Photo/Garry L. Jones)